Actually I was researching ftpmail. Huh? Yes, before the WWW, email was the way you sent and received files. In some places you can still do that such as: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/tg/ftpmail_using.php Anyway, in pulling directories, I found the ibiblio page with all the old distros. So you want to see what some of the earliest versions of linux were like? Go to: http://www.ibiblio.org/pub/historic-linux/distributions/
Start of a Debian install.
One thing to note is that back then IDE (aka pata drives) were not widely supported yet. You had to use scsi drives.